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Publisher's Summary

A chilling, immersive audio experience, The Sound at the End follows the eclectic crew of an Arctic research base and the newcomer who may uncover the secrets they’re each desperate to outrun, written by award-winning novelist Kirsty Logan and performed by a full cast. 

On a near-abandoned research base in an Arctic ice field, a skeleton crew works to ensure the centre doesn’t collapse amid treacherous storms. Officially, Trieste Grayling arrives in order to explore and film a sunken shipwreck for a documentary film; privately, she's working through a complicated grief. Trieste soon realises she's not the only one who was attracted to this intense isolation in order to escape her ghosts. 

Each of the crew members harbour dark secrets: Mal, the ever-competent medic conducting mysterious therapy sessions, Sweetie, the reclusive engineer with scarred hands, Thorsteinn, the aloof diver tender, Avelina, the temperamental base manager whose stories of home don't quite add up, Grace, an underwater welder and recovering addict, and Judd, the erratic former member of a ‘90s boy band. As they begin to reach breaking point, each one's hidden ghosts finally comes into the light.

©2022 Kirsty Logan (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

About the Creator

Kirsty Logan is a professional daydreamer. Her first story collection, *The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales*, won the Scott Prize, the Polari First Book Prize, and the Saboteur Award. Her first novel, *The Gracekeepers*, won a Lambda Literary Award and was selected for the Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club. Her third book, *A Portable Shelter*, won the Gavin Wallace Fellowship and was published as a limited edition illustrated hardback which sold out on pre-order. Her latest book is *Things We Say in the Dark*, a collection of feminist horror stories recently optioned for TV. Her short fiction and poetry has been translated into Japanese and Spanish, adapted for stage, recorded for radio and podcasts, exhibited in galleries, and distributed from a vintage Wurlitzer cigarette machine. Kirsty has performed her work at festivals and events all over the world, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Malaysia, Spain, and all over the UK. As well as writing fiction, Kirsty also reviews books and works as a writing mentor. She is currently working on a new novel, a horror story set in the Arctic; a 10-episode series on ghosts for BBC Radio 4; and a musical collaboration. She lives in Glasgow.

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Predictable

This is a Found Footage type story, done entirely with audio. The audio part is done well with plenty of sound effects and tape distortions. "Headphones are recommended" -- there are occasional places where you won't be able to hear what's going on without them. The actors do a fine job.

Cast of characters:
Trieste Grayling: Main character. Talks to Anna the whole time on the tapes.
Anna: Trieste's diving partner who couldn't come to the arctic.
Mal: An invasive therapist who publicly leaves out tapes of private sessions. About half the audio is these tapes.
Sweetie: engineer, Mal's husband.
Thorsteinn: Repair person. Ten seconds into talking with him, Trieste starts ignoring him to tell her own stories.
Avelina: base manager.
Grace, an underwater welder
Judd: Cook. My favorite actor / character in the audiobook.

The first narration in the book, Trieste is talking to Anna, telling her about a caterpillar that she saved by throwing it into a pond. Then we meet Mal, who starts a tour of the arctic base. After one minute of showing Trieste around, Mal needs to sneak outside alone to get a cigarette. Trieste sees a polar bear outside and gets warned to never go outside alone.

Later, Judd is telling a scary story - with amusing badness. But before he gets to the point of his story, he's interrupted. When Thorsteinn starts to talk about himself, Trieste suddenly decides to ignore him. These sorts of interruptions happen over and over and over again, usually just as things are getting interesting. The interruption is usually boring.

I held out to the end, hoping the story would redeem, but ...
Unfortunately, when it came to the tapes, I ...
There is a shipwreck involved, under the station, which ...
Thorsteinn has an interesting point of view, where ...

If you like lots and lots of unfinished sentences, this is the audiobook for you.

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Honestly not sure what the plot was

Honestly not sure what the plot was. Was this about people with mental problems that volunteered to go to the end of the earth.... was it about same sex relationship's struggles being cast out to air their ghost.... maybe it was me but this book seemed to be all over the place. No real plot, just a butch of sadness with no beginning, middle, or end.

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Disturbing and chilling

I absolutely loved this story. The audio format was amazing for the storyline and the production was absolutely stellar. The story was a found footage style exploration of the secrets and feelings of the characters we meet at this arctic research base at the ends of the earth. It’s not your standard mystery or psychological thriller — it has far more of a horror or weird fiction flavor to it, particularly themes of isolation horror and elements of weird fiction that reminded me of Caitlín R Kiernan. Not every element of the story here is totally linear or thoroughly explained, and that was pretty perfect for an exploration of these haunted characters. I recommend you listen with headphones, and definitely not in a car or any environment with ambient noise that will interfere with your experience.

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Bedtime listeners beware the end…

If you enjoy listening to books whilst falling asleep like I do, I have a friendly warning. DO NOT listen to the last 3 chapters trying to do so. The end of this book had my heart beating out of my chest with full on terror & excitement. I had so much anxiety that sleep was no longer an option.

What a fantastic listen this was! I finished in about a day because I simply could not stop listening. This immersive tale drags you deep below the icy depths of the Arctic and does not let go. Colorful characters with wonderful development and fully fleshed out backstory’s. Magnificent storytelling & narration with this full cast really brought this story to life!

If you’re looking for an intense, thrill seeking, non stop roller coaster ride, this definitely is that.

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Really enjoyed this

Not usually a fan of of full audio stories but this one played well and the story is really compelling. Very creepy trek.

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This audible/book exceeded my Expectations

I loved loved it, I'm searching for anything similar. I would strongly recommend. I definitely give the 5 stars.

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Watered down plot

I listened all the way to the end despite wanting to give up a few times. I was hopeful I’d be pleasantly surprised but I wasn’t. The plot was stretched way too thin for the length of the story. The characters were bizarre and still managed to be boring. I was hoping for some tantalizing twist or clever closure to the story, yet it plodded on predictably and then fizzled. There were some interesting storytelling devices like the doctor’s notes, recordings, and radio comms. But there want much to tell other than here are some unusual characters stuck together in strange circumstances and (insert some Agatha Christy whodunnit- but I won’t spoil the plot with an explicit reference) and Bob’s your uncle. I replayed the last 10 minutes thinking I’d zoned out and missed something that made the story make sense ... but nope the end was the end (and sadly welcome).

The voice acting was good and the sound effects were an odd mix of good (intriguing/ purposeful) and bad (overdone/ irritating). Kudos for some experimentation with Audible.

I looked up the author who was unknown to me and see she is fairly new/young, has some awards for other material, and I think this is her first full cast Audioplay. Again, kudos for courage!

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Just wasn't into it, the end .... Ugh

There were a lot of sound effects, not necessarily a bad thing. Some of the things about the characters you'll figure out pretty quick. The end just made me wish I hadn't hung in there.

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Don't waste your time.

So, so, so very awful. Trash. If you think this is a compelling story about people in the Artic, think again. Story is a mess. This garbage is about a woman with mental illness and even knowing that the story is a complete bore and utter nonsense. This is about a woman with mental illness and absolutely nothing else. What a waste of my time, Audible.

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No reason for animal cruelty in a story

Adding the part about baby chicks was horrible. It added nothing to the story. I’ll forever have that vision in my head.

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  • Auribus
  • 01-14-22

Too much narration and not enough drama

This had such an intriguing premise but I gave up midway through the second chapter. The first chapter was one long narrated exposition dump using a rather lazy device of a character orally recording their thoughts. It was as if the writer didn't know how to write for the audio format or the basics of actually writing drama which is to show not tell by gradually revealing information through character interaction and creating dramatic tension. But when some characters did actually speak to each other it soon cut back to the main protagonist recording herself. Maybe there turns out to be some point to how it is constructed but I can't be bothered to listen for 10 hours to find out. Someone should have stepped in before recording commenced and asked for major rewrites. A massive shame and disappointment.

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  • Annie
  • 01-14-22

Outstanding

This format was amazing and brought the story to life!
The complex relationship dynamic, the layers of story mixed with the power of the atmospheric audio has made this an outstanding piece of work!

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  • Em S.
  • 01-16-22

An intricate story

Brilliant writing and the performance was chilling.

This is a story I'll be thinking about for a long time to come.

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  • Mr A Trimbitas
  • 01-16-22

chilling and captivating

not without faults but thoroughly enjoyable and scary entertainment. wish I could discuss the ending with somebody.

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  • 01-15-22

Waste of time

The personal record of a trip to the far outreach of the world as we know it sounded like it would be good- so far from it. I struggled through the 1st and 2nd chapters and went ahead hoping for a pick up to the story - there wasn’t one . The last chapter came as no surprise. What a waste of time. Had this not been included in my Audible package, I would be needing my money back.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-18-22

super fun and bingeable

This was a fun 10 hours horror story about group of unstable people in Artic base. I couldn't stop listening to it.

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  • PS
  • 01-21-22

Muffled sound quality

Quite an entertaining psychological thriller, but marred by poor sound quality, making dialogue unintelligible in places.

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  • msbumble
  • 01-20-22

Predictable

The story and horror were lacking. Just was waiting for it to begin the whole way through and then it had gotten so far I just wanted it to end and make sure that it was how I had predicted it would end. But the performance of everyone was great.

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  • LBS
  • 01-20-22

genuinely spooky stuff

The first review I read of this was negative but luckily for me I prefer to make up my own mind (ymmv)

Firstly, if you have not read other Kirsty Logan books, get thee to The Grace Keeper's and The Gloaming. This is a more scarier book than I would go for but I was SUPER excited to hear this was a cast piece and I really appreciated how immersive the story is. In fact that's what adds to the eerieness & horror. The sound department on this production is to be totally commended - the interference and distortions work exceptionally well.

I don't know if this will also be a published novel, I can't imagine how that will work in the same way (Graphic novel though would be amazing)

I'm not going to give any plot away but I would say that i felt the ending was flatter than I expected but all in all, thoroughly enjoyable
and scary. and the cast on this were fantastic!!